Pregnancy Week 40

Your Full Term Baby At 40 Weeks Pregnant

Beyond the birth

Your due date is almost here. There is nothing left to do now but wait for your new arrival. Your baby has grown from one single cell to a human being in just nine short months. You’re about to be a parent!


Your baby’s developmentBaby as big as a watermelon

Baby as big as a watermelon
LENGTH 51.2 cm
WEIGHT 3.5 kg

Your baby’s development

After a long wait, it’s almost time to meet your baby. Your baby is full-term now.

The development your baby has gone through over the past 9-months is astonishing. With less and less room in your uterus you are probably both ready for labour to happen now.

Many first-time mothers find themselves waiting up to 2 weeks after their due date for their baby to arrive so don’t be worried if you are kept waiting. Your baby will come when they are ready.

Your Body

Whether this is the first or last baby, you could be experiencing a whole range of emotions right after birth, from exhaustion to elation.

If this is your first baby, you may have an overwhelming feeling that life has changed forever. However much you’ve prepared yourself, there will be new things to learn and lots of exciting, and perhaps challenging times ahead.

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Please note: These pregnancy week-by-week articles, are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development going on within you. However, it’s important to remember that every baby develops differently, even during pregnancy.

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